Although not really an adventure bike—it sports 17-inch wheels and street tires at both ends—the 2017 Honda CB500X has the look of an adventure machine.This is a motorcycle for the rider who wants the adventure look, including the roomy upright seating position and a long-distance 4.6-gallon fuel tank.
With a tall windshield, the CB500X can easily be ridden on the road, and a light rider will find it to be a fully satisfactory sport-touring motorcycle, especially if you upgrade the rubber.The 471cc twin puts out freeway-worthy power, and the 320mm front disc does a good job on its own of slowing down the 428-pound bike. If you’d liked Combined ABS (ABS, plus linked brakes), it is an option that runs just $300, which we think is definitely worth it.Read our Honda CB500X Review.Visit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2017 Honda CB500X Specs:
Type: Parallel twin
Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 66.8mm
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Valve train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction: EFI w/ 34mm throttle bodies
Ignition: Digital transistorized w/ electronic advance
Final drive: Chain
Front suspension: Spring-preload adjustable 41mm forks; 5.5 inches of travel
Rear: Linkage-assisted spring-preload adjustable shock; 4.7 inches of travel
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, the weekly podcast brought to you by Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena goes to the Yamaha MT-10 launch. I have to say, the R1-derived MT-10 is one of my all time favorite street bikes. It’s the perfect balance of instant, usable power, crammed into an agile yet stable chassis. All that is built into an incredibly easy-to-ride package. And I’m not even going to mention it’s ability to wheelie… The latest MT-10 has had some upgrades, so I’m very curious to hear what Nic thinks.
For our second segment this week I chat with Paul Jayson—aka The Motorcycle Broker. Paul has been restoring, collecting, and selling investment grade motorcycles and cars for several decades, and his knowledge and passion for the art of motorcycling seems pretty much unrivaled.
Paul’s quest for total authenticity and insistence on a breathtaking level of detail is incredible. Actually, one of his restorations—a classic MV Agusta—won recently at Salon Privé.
Paul’s take on how the motorcycle market developed globally, and where it’s going, I found fascinating. You can visit Paul’s website at TheMotorcycleBroker.co.uk.
From all of here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!